Lemon poppy seed pancakes at Pollen

The New Aussie Invasion in Los Angeles

01/05/2018

Karen Young

The laid-back, sunny and healthy lifestyle of Australia blends perfectly with Los Angeles, so it only makes sense that Aussie-inspired cafes - mostly serving all-day “brekkie” and lunch menus - is now trending. And there are more on the way, like Roo Coffee from Brisbane ex-pats, Elyse Goyen and Tom and Kate O’Connor.

Coffee isn’t just a drink in Australia, it’s a culture. From meticulous preparation by highly-trained baristas to the manner it is consumed, Aussies enjoy their espresso-based drinks like the flat white and long black while sitting in a casual café. Accompaniments often include pastries, savory pies, egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, healthful bowls of grains or oats—or variations of "toast," including the ubiquitous avocado version that originated in Melbourne. And of course there's Vegemite, a salty spread made from brewer’s yeast that's also indigenous to the "Land Down Under.” There are also sweet specialties like Lamington (chocolate-covered sponge cake rolled in coconut), Tim Tam (two malted biscuits covered in chocolate and filled with cream), and Anzac biscuits made with oatmeal. Check out these eleven L.A. cafes that combine the coastal influences of California and Australia for a sampling of the best coffee and food for a relaxing time-out in your day.

Latte and avocado split at Javista Organic Coffee Bar

The Best Specialty Coffee Shops in Hollywood

12/03/2017

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of coffee houses with wifi, especially with the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean popping up on seemingly every other corner. But in between are classic old timers, as well as independent and third wave cafes boasting unique beans and brew methods, plus eclectic food menus that fit most every palate. Here are 11 of the best coffee destinations in the Hollywood area that offer diverse vibes and are sure to add fuel in your veins. Most open in the wee morning hours but close at varying times in the late afternoon or early evening, so check their respective time schedules.

Cappuccino at Daily Dose

The Best Places for Coffee in the Downtown L.A. Arts District

09/08/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Since Urth Caffe opened in 2008, the Arts District in Downtown L.A. has become affectionately known as the “Coffee District,” home to some of the top third wave coffee purveyors in the city. Read on for the best places in the Arts District to get your caffeine fix and more.

The Rogue at Chimney Coffee House

The Best Breakfasts at L.A. Coffee Houses

05/04/2015

Esther Tseng

It’s a no-brainer that breakfast and coffee are quite complementary to one another. Yet serious coffee houses that serve breakfast are much rarer than you might expect. Either you’ve got a coffee hotspot or an all-out breakfast place, but what if you want eggs with your Third Wave coffee? Kitchen space can be very hard to finagle. Fortunately, there are specialty coffee shops that serve breakfast dishes beyond the usual pastries. Read on to find out the best spots to get coffee, eggs, pancakes and more.

Cognoscenti Coffee interior

Top Los Angeles Specialty Coffee Companies

04/04/2013

Joshua Lurie

No longer must Angelenos subject themselves to old, overly roasted coffee. A new wave of specialty coffee purveyors is now either roasting their own beans or employing diverse multi-roaster approaches to deliver variety and nuance. Here are 12 participants that are propelling the movement forward.